Welcome Back to School Letter from Principal Carlondrea Hines
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!
My name is Dr. Carlondrea Hines and I am humbled and thrilled to be part of the Creative Arts Community as your principal. My career in education spans more than 16 years with experience as a middle and high school teacher, a professional development coach, a dean of students, a principal and senior director of educational effectiveness. I have gained a broad knowledge and skill set based on my experience that I am eager to share with my new school community.
My door is always open. I welcome your feedback on the future aspirations of the school, your ideas about how we can continue to grow and thrive and finally, how you can contribute to our goals. I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to build a stellar performing and visual arts school.
Our school boasts strong academic offerings that will ensure all students are successful.
School begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. for students in Grades 6-8. School begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m. for students in Graes 9-12.
All students receive a free breakfast at school, served daily from 7:15 am to 7:30 am through the Breakfast to Go (B2G) program. Your child can select a delicious and nutritious breakfast in the cafeteria and bring it to the classroom to eat. Students interested in eating breakfast should go to the cafeteria, pick up their breakfast and then go to their classroom. This will help ease hallway congestion and start school on time.
Students in grades 9-12 should arrive at school in time to receive and finish eating breakfast by the time first hour starts at 8:25 a.m.
School meals are made from scratch with a focus on local ingredients and a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and salads. Diverse menus include recipes from our own community, including beef fried rice and chicken suqaar.
This year, families who complete the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application will be entered into a district-wide drawing for two chances to win either a new bike or a basketball. Completing the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application form ensures that our school receives benefits that directly impact students.
Saint Paul Public Schools is expanding its Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program for the 2015-16 school year. That means every student enrolled at our school will receive a healthy lunch at no cost!
Check out our school website for after-school options.
School Bus Transportation
Students in Grades 6-8 who qualify for transportation in Saint Paul Public Schools may take the yellow school bus. Please arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick up your child. Be sure to track the status of your child’s bus at spps.org/bus or through the new MySPPS smartphone app.
If you believe your student is taking the bus but did not receive a postcard, please call our lead clerk, Linda White at 651-744-2467 as soon as possible.
Students in Grades 9-12 who qualify for transportation in Saint Paul Public Schools will use Metro Transit to get to and from school. Check with the front desk for any other details.
School Drop-off and Pick-up
Parents/guardians may drop-off and pick-up students on Minnesota Street. Parents, please talk to your students about crossing Kellogg Street. It is a busy street with high traffic and student should pay attention to the crossing signals and cross at the crosswalks.
A copy of our calendar for the school year will be available during the Open House. This calendar will also be posted online. Please note that dates may change as the year progresses, and updates may be posted from time to time. For the full district calendar, visit spps.org/calendar.
Please check our school website regularly, creativearts.spps.org, for information and updates. If you have questions the website doesn’t answer, please call our lead clerk, Linda White at 651-744-2467.
I’m so proud to be part of this wonderful school community. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.
Dr. Carlondrea Hines, Principal
Creative Arts Secondary School